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Posted on Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

I was dreading this project. It’s real name is Billes de Noisettes au Chocolat, for God’s sake. It was the one thing in the entire world my kids asked to make, in exchange for surrendering their junky Halloween candy this year. I procrastinated, avoided, considered “forgetting,” and all-in-all just about gave up because I just didn’t wanna. Yet, I felt compelled to give my kids their first choice treat, since I was snatching the candy from their hands and disabusing them of the sweet Switch Witch story, all in one fell Halloween. (Actually, they were surprisingly game for the new plan). But I still didn’t wanna. I could not have been more wrong! This is the perfect activity for kids. Few ingredients, few steps, lots of hands-on mashing and poking of stuff, and hardly any actual cooking.   The recipe comes from the book Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, by the sparkling food blogger, Clotilde Dusoulier. First, you grind up a bunch of hazelnuts with some...

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Posted on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

The Switch Witch Bows Out

The Switch Witch Bows Out

I’m one of those annoying parents who feels conflicted telling stories to my children about Santa Claus and the Switch Witch. Actually, that’s not true at all. I love telling stories (even though I’m fairly horrendous at it), and keeping those wonderful holiday figures in that context. It’s when my tiny children start to believe me when I tell them these strangers actually will be sneaking into our homes while we sleep and leaving, or taking, our belongings, that it gets a little weird. I work hard to find a balance between precious childhood fantasy and truth and trust. Still, I needed a way to deal with all the toxic, poisonous crap that Halloween leaves little bodies to deal with. Do not get me wrong; I will cross a path of ravenous alligators (i.e., the candy aisle at Rite Aid) for a Butterfinger. Or an Oreo. Or a Frito. I have a deep affection for candy, donuts, chocolate croissants… Just, in small, manageable doses. And, I realized I had the...

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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Hangin Wit My Halloween Homies

Hangin Wit My Halloween Homies

Part of Cute Banker’s costume.   A chip off the old block!   But with more hair. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Oct 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Pumpkin Patch Kids

Pumpkin Patch Kids

A good time was had by all (in spite of some of the facial expressions seen here).   We almost didn’t make it this year. Last year’s fall activities were epic, and a lot to live up to. (Here’s a recipe for Sweetly Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, from that memorable year). This year, the days are just tripping over themselves disappearing. But, if one tradition continues, this is the one to choose. Sliding down Cottonseed Mountain never gets old. Even for the old folks (picture not included).   This is the “cat who ate the mouse” face. He was diving head first, and even surfing standing up, and pretty durn proud of his new moves.   Whatever it takes, man.   This tram was painted orange and shuttled people to a distant parking lot. We called it The Pumpkin Train and jumped on (never mind that our car was right in front). It was late and the driver may have been a little tired because he did a bunch of...

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 | 5 comments

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

I succumbed to this enticing, round, multi-compartment shaker of happiness.     At Target, naturally. I didn’t even go there for this. I was on my way to the garden section.     Target and sprinkles: They always get me!!     I used Nigella’s fairy cake and icing recipes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. (You must pronounce it go-DESS, as Nigella does).     I’m clearly not quite ready for go-DESS status yet, because I totally screwed up the cupcakes. I dumped a bowl of powdered sugar into the batter, thinking it was the flour. (They look alike!) I tried to scoop it out without dumping the batter out too. It was a mess. They turned out really dry, but here’s the good part: I layered so much of this ooey, gooey, sweetly salty, life-changing icing onto them that nobody cared. In fact, it was a great excuse to do so. I can never get enough of this icing and...

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Posted on Oct 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Last Year’s Halloween Costume

Last Year’s Halloween Costume

  Yes, I am that mom. I like to coordinate my kids’ outfits. It’s one of the benefits of having had my kids, both boys, so close together. I don’t completely match them – I leave that to their grandma who lets me blame her for it – but I coordinate them so they “go together.” One day, they will rise up against this affront to their individuality and manhood but, for now, they are my little peas in a pod, in complementary shades of green. Take Halloween. Their first Halloween together, they were a firefighter and a Dalmatian. Seriously, could you die?  SO cute.  My oldest son happened to be over the edge about All Things Fireman at that point, so it naturally flowed from that. It was adorable. This year, he would not, could not, be tempted to repeat the duo, no matter what good shape those costumes were in, or how cost-effective it was (are those not three-year-old priorities? Oh, well).  As a result, I had...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2012 | 0 comments

Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkins

It’s a bit challenging to get photos of the pumpkin carving when one of your carvers is a little nudist.  So, here’s what we’ve got. Yep, that’s all the G-rated ones! Here’s a basic recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s infinitely customizable; these measurements are just to give you an idea where to start. Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne if you want a spooky little kick! Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 55 mins   Sweetly spiced (not hot) pumpkin seeds. Try instead of popcorn - or mixed in - as you watch The Great Pumpkin! Author: Michelle Q / Sand and Table Recipe type: Snack Ingredients 1½ cups raw pumpkin seeds, scooped from two small pumpkins, or one large one ½ tablespoon olive oil ¾ tablespoon refined sugar ½ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt (or ⅛ teaspoon table salt) Instructions Preheat oven to 300. Put seeds and any attached pulp...

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